Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Taiwan KOM Challenge tour
Cultural Culture Taiwan KOM Challenge package

Taiwan KOM Challenge

SpiceRoads Cycling
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
From: $ 2,100 $ 300 / day
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Overview

Short Description

For die hard road cyclists there’s something alluring about the pain of climbing up into the mountains. The Grand Tours have popularized Europe’s highest roads, making them the bucket list of many riders, but there is another iconic climb that is quickly becoming the must do on riders bucket lists – the Taiwan KOM Challenge. This 105 km course from sea level up to 3,275 m has all the elements needed to test rider and machine against the mountains - long, twisting ascents, thigh-numbing gradients and thinning air. Vincenzo Nibali, the 2017 the winner of the Taiwan KOM Challenge, set a new record for the event with a time of 3:19:54. He was more than a minute ahead of Spain's Oscar Pujol and 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans finished 10th. Britain's Emma Pooley won the women's race in 4:08:40. Nibali said he has “never ridden such a long and hard climb before in my entire life," after posing on the winner's podium.You don’t have to be a pro to enjoy the pain and glory of an epic climb. Participate in the 2019 Taiwan KOM Challenge as part of Team SpiceRoads to conquer this mountain. Starting from Hualien’s Qixingtan, passing through the spectacular Taroko Gorge, then climbing to Taiwan’s highest passable road apex atop Route 14A to Wuling Pass. The route begins at sea level on the eastern coast then climbs up to 3275 metres. This 105 km route has tested even the world’s most elite riders.There are only 600 slots available for this race. As part of Team SpiceRoads we will register you for the race and give you sage advice for completing this challenge. We start with some warm-up rides to acclimatize you to the time zone and the temperatures. We also introduce you to the last kms of the race by climbing them two days prior. Resting the day before the race we aid you with the registration so you can spend your time preparing for race day.The Taiwan KOM Challenge is a truly exceptional race making it one of the greatest climbs anywhere in the world.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Taipei
End City Taipei

Travel Theme

Cultural Cycling & Biking

Destinations

Taiwan

Cities & Attractions

N/A

Activities

Culture Cycling

Age Requirement

18

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Itinerary

Day 1

Pre tour meeting in the evening at Taipei hotel.

Day 2

We will just have a short ride up to about 450m. It will be a gentle start through undulating hills to get the legs warmed up before we start the serious climbing.

Day 3

We start our riding with a descent and then we will engage those quads to power up to 1,900 m. We will using the North Cross Island Highway that takes us to the high altitude plateau of Wuling.

Day 4

Though the distance is short today it is almost all up! Starting in Lishan at 2,000 m we warm up for 20 km to Da Yu Ling at 2,500 m. We get our first preview of the race route – we cycle up the last 8 km of the KOM to Wu Ling at 3,275 m.

Day 5

Today we take a break from the bikes and spend the day visiting and hiking in Taroko Gorge. We will also attend the Welcome Party and Riders Meeting.

Day 6

An early 6 am race start for the 105 km course up to 3,275 m tests even the world's most elite riders.

Day 7

Depending on flight times, we will organize one group transfer to Taipei airport.

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Price Per Day: $ 300 per day
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Oct-22-2019Oct-26-2019$ 2,100Yes Reserve
Oct-26-2021Oct-30-2021$ 2,100No Reserve

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 24

Age Notes

Min. Age: 18

Trip ID#:

spiceroads-TWN-KOM

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